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Nezamestnanosť v eurozóne zotrvala v septembri na 8,3 percentách
Nezamestnanosť v eurozóne zotrvala v septembri na úrovni z augusta, za ktorý boli údaje revidované a nezamestnanosť v ňom dosiahla vyššiu hodnotu, než sa pôvodne uvádzalo.

Ako komunikovať klimatickú zmenu? Prestaňme si myslieť, že nám stačia fakty
Ľudský mozog nie je klimatickú zmenu schopný komplexne uchopiť. Pri komunikácii zelených tém je spôsob, akým o nich hovoríme dôležitejší ako fakty. Komunikačnú stratégiu je potrebné našiť na mieru publiku a zasadiť ju do širšieho kontextu.

Plánu obnovy chýba razantný postoj k zmene klímy
Súčasná podoba Plánu obnovy je dobré východisko pre výber kľúčových reforiem, na ktorých by mala stáť obnova ekonomiky po koronakríze. Ponúka technické riešenia, ale strategická vízia mu chýba, zhodli sa hostia diskusie Zelený reštart – Plán obnovy portálu EURACTIV.sk.

Von der Leyen: Antigénové testy zohrajú dôležitú úlohu
Antigénové testy potrebujú rýchle posúdenie na európskej úrovni, aby sme vedeli, v akých podmienkach aké testy najlepšie použiť, povedala šéfka Európskej komisie, ktorá sa prihovára za „masívne testovanie“.

EURACTIV Podcast | Wiezik: Reforma agropolitiky EÚ nemá svoju Gretu Thunberg, preto tak nerezonuje
„Prístup mojej frakcie v hlasovaní o reforme agropolitiky EÚ ma neprekvapil, je to poľnohospodárska strana. Zaujalo ma skôr, že sa táto línia vinie naprieč parlamentom. Vidieť, že väčšina poslancov nepovažuje za potrebné zásadne reformovať poľnohospodárstvo,“ hovorí v rozhovore europoslanec MICHAL WIEZIK.

Droba k budúcim eurofondom: Flexibilita je kľúčová, s vysokým spolufinancovaním by mal pomôcť štát
Štátu ako celku vyhovuje status quo, kde je hlavným kritériom pre financovanie z eurofondov HDP. Je preto na ňom, aby vykompenzoval kraj, ktorý je finančne poddimenzovaný a zabezpečuje služby pre celé Slovensko, hovorí bratislavský župan JURAJ DROBA (SaS)

Čo si pod podporou rodovej rovnosti predstavujú slovenské samosprávy
Samosprávy západoeurópskych krajín riešia rodovú rovnosť systematicky naprieč svojich politikami. Slovenské si pod tým predstavujú najmä nediskrimináciu pri personálnej politike svojich úradov.

Česi chcú byť lídrom v umelej inteligencii, no odmietajú reguláciu a firmy podporujú len málo
Tvrdá regulácia na európskej úrovni by mohla spomaliť napredujúci vývoj umelej inteligencie, tvrdia Česi.

Obranná spolupráca Vyšehradu: Siliť armádne partnerstvá kvôli politickým cieľom nepomôže
Slabé vlastné kapacity, neochota zdieľať ich, priveľké národné ambície, či nevojenské záujmy. Aj to sú podľa expertov dôvody, prečo V4 spolupracuje v obrane tak málo. Možnosti, ktoré Vyšehrad ponúka, nevyužila štvorica zatiaľ ani v tvoriacej sa Spoločnej európskej obrane.

Eurofondy pomáhajú zavádzaniu participácie v slovenských samosprávach
Kraje aj mestá sa zapájajú do projektov participatívnej tvorby politík financovaných z európskych fondov, najmä z operačného programu Efektívna verejná správa. EURACTIV.sk zmapoval snahy o systematické zapájanie verejnosti na úrovni krajov a miest.

Európske noviny

Veľká Británia hlási už viac ako jeden milión nakazených. Krajina zavádza druhý lockdown

Vo Veľkej Británii potvrdili už viac ako jeden milión nakazených novým koronavírusom. Za sobotu tam pribudlo 21 915 nových nakazených, informovalo ministerstvo zdravotníctva, celkový počet nakazených je teda na čísle 1,01 milióna. Boris Johnson dnes oznámil v krajine druhý lockdown V krajine od začiatku pandémie zomrelo 46 555 ľudí, čo je najviac v Európe, v …

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Martin Hojsík: Zodpovednosť je dnes na nás

Od rána sledujem správy a napadá mi, že by som si pred rokom toto len ťažko predstavil. 🖤Jednak to, že na dušičky nebudeme s rodinou ale budeme kolektívne stáť v rade na test. A už len ťažko by som si predstavil tú pokoru množstva ľudí, ktorí dnes išli pomáhať, a tú solidarita ľudí, ktorí idú …

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Kaštieľ v Krásnej nad Hornádom zrekonštruovali za takmer 1,2 milióna EUR. Pomohli eurofondy

Pôvodne renesančný kaštieľ v Krásnej nad Hornádom zažil v priebehu svojej existencie niekoľko veľmi necitlivých prestavieb od búraní častí jednotlivých krídiel a na konci 80tych rokov bol vo veľmi zlom stave. Pôvodne ho tvorila prízemná dvojkrídlová budova, neskôr doplnená novším, tretím krídlom. Až rekonštrukcia, ktorá sa odohrala v nedávnych rokoch s finančnou podporou Európskej únie …

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Ďuriš Nicholsonová: Hybridná vojna má neskutočnú silu zla. Rozdeľuje, šíri nenávisť a zabíja

Hybridná vojna má neskutočnú silu zla. Rozdeľuje, šíri nenávisť a zabíja. Na plošné testovanie môžeme mať rozličné názory, nakoniec aj mnohí uznávaní vedci nie sú jednoznační. Niektorí projekt schvaľujú, iní ho vidia ako rizikový. Zmätočná komunikácia tomu tiež nepridáva. Chápem obavy aj výhrady občanov, ale čo ma najviac desí, sú dezinformácie, ktoré neuveriteľným spôsobom naberajú …

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ONLINE: Na Slovensku prebieha plošné testovanie, situáciu sledujeme MINÚTU PO MINÚTE

SLOVENSKO/ Dnes je prvý deň celoplošného testovania na Slovensku. Testovať sa budete môcť od 7:00 do 21:30 s prestávkami 12:00-12:40 a 18:00-18:30, a to na ľubovoľnom odbernom mieste. Ministerstvo zdravotníctva informuje, že k 9. hodine bolo  funkčných 97,2% odberových tímov.  Minúta po minúte: 22:01 Na Slovensku skončil prvý deň plošného testovania. Ďakujeme, že ste nás sledovali! …

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CELOPLOŠNÉ TESTOVANIE: Manuál, ako prebieha testovanie

SLOVENSKO/ Dnes je prvý deň celoplošného testovania na Slovensku. Testovať sa budete môcť od 7:00 do 21:30 s prestávkami 12:00-12:40 a 18:00-18:30, a to na ľubovoľnom odbernom mieste. Situáciu minútu po minúte sledujeme TU. Krok 1 registrácia Na ľubovoľnom odbernom mieste sa preukážete občianskym preukazom. Administratívny pracovník vyplní formulár potrebný na registráciu a následne dostanete …

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Útočník z Nice len prednedávnom pricestoval z Tuniska. Prezident Macron nariadil prísnejšiu ochranu kostolov

Vo štvrtok došlo v kostole vo francúzskom meste Nice k útoku, pri ktorom útočník zabil troch ľudí. Podozrivý muž pritom nedávno pricestoval do Európy z Tuniska, muž totiž mal potvrdenie od talianskeho Červeného kríža vydané po tom, ako minulý mesiac pricestoval v člne s migrantmi na taliansky ostrov Lampedusa. Francúzska polícia útočníka postrelila a momentálne …

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Minister I. Korčok privítal pomoc Rakúska a Maďarska pri celoplošnom testovaní

Minister zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí SR Ivan Korčok privítal pomoc Rakúska pri nadchádzajúcom celoštátnom testovaní obyvateľstva na prítomnosť ochorenia COVID-19 na Slovensku. „Susednému Rakúsku patrí veľká vďaka za vyslanie lekárskeho personálu, ktorý príde pomáhať pri testovaní našich obyvateľov. Je to cenné gesto, na ktoré nesmieme zabúdať. Niet lepšieho spôsobu ako preukázať dobré susedské vzťahy,” uviedol šéf …

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Videosamit lídrov EÚ: Postoje jednotlivých krajín k boju s pandémiou

Spoločný koordinovaný postup členských štátov Európskej únie v boji proti pandémii Covid-19 – to  bola hlavná téma štvrtkového neformálneho videosamitu lídrov EÚ, ktorý – na pozadí tragických udalostí vo Francúzsku z uplynulých dní –  zvolal predseda Európskej rady Charles Michel. Ten vo svojom úvodnom príhovore odsúdil nedávne teroristické útoky a pridali sa k nemu všetci zúčastnení premiéri …

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Otvorený list hlavného hygienika obyvateľom Slovenskej republiky

Vážení spoluobčania, plošné testovanie obyvateľov antigénovými testami na COVID-19 vnímam z epidemiologického hľadiska ako užitočné. Popri našom každodennom a cielenom trasovaní kontaktov pozitívne testovaných to považujem za značnú pomoc. Ako virológ zdôrazňujem, že antigénové testy dokážu rýchlo zachytiť ľudí s veľkou vírusovou náložou, teda najviac infekčných, ktorí môžu ochorenie ľahko šíriť ďalej. Následná domáca izolácia pozitívnych …

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V Maďarsku pribudol rekordný počet úmrtí na COVID-19. Vláda však ďalšie opatrenia nezavádza

V Maďarsku hlásia rekordný počet úmrtí na ochorenie COVID-19, vláda zavádza prísnejšie kontroly dodržiavania platných protiepidemických opatrení. Z údajov stránky koronavirus.gov.hu vyplýva, že za posledný deň pribudlo 65 úmrtí, prevažne starších a chronicky chorých pacientov. Spolu tak nákaze podľahlo 1 699 ľudí a zotavilo sa 17 953. V krajine za posledných 24 hodín pribudlo 3 …

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Podľa prezidentky je celoplošné testovanie nenaplniteľné! Čaputová bude žiadať od Matoviča zmeny

V piatok sa prezidentka SR Zuzana Čaputová stretla s náčelníkom Generálneho štábu Ozbrojených síl SR (OS SR) Danielom Zmekom, ale aj s veliteľom operácie Spoločná zodpovednosť Ivanom Pachom. Čaputová po rokovaní povedala, že z celkového množstva odberných tímov je pripravených približne 60 percent na oba víkendové dni. Tento stav je aktuálny, teda menej ako 24 …

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Slovensku v celoplošnom testovaní pomôže Rakúsko, pošle desiatky vojenských medikov

31. októbra a 1. novembra bude na Slovensku prebiehať celoplošné testovanie obyvateľov na koronavírus, kde budú pomáhať aj príslušníci ozbrojených síl Rakúskej republiky. Toto uznesenie Ministerstva obrany SR v piatok schválila vláda. Asistovať bude počas víkendu 50 vojenských medikov z Rakúska. Premiér Igor Matovič na Facebooku uviedol, že rakúski medici budú súčasťou odberových tímov v …

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Vodiči dopravcov dostali na potvrdenie o negatívnom teste výnimku

Vodiči dopravcov, ktorí boli v čase od 30.10. do 1.11. 2020 mimo územia Slovenskej republiky z dôvodu výkonu ich povolania a vracajú sa od 2.11. 2020 spať na územie Slovenskej republiky, pre účely dokončenia dopravných operácií  alebo pri návrate do svojho zvyčajného bydliska na území Slovenskej republiky, nebudú pri týchto činnostiach povinní preukazovať sa potvrdením o negatívnom výsledku …

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Vyrovnanie sa s dôsledkami COVID-19 si vyžaduje medzinárodnú spoluprácu a solidaritu

Pod taktovkou Španielska ako predsedníckej krajiny sa 28. a 29. októbra 2020 konalo virtuálne ministerské zasadnutie Rady Organizácie pre hospodársku spoluprácu a rozvoj (OECD). Delegáciu SR viedla štátna tajomníčka Ministerstva zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí SR Ingrid Brocková. Členské štáty OECD spolu s medzinárodnými organizáciami a partnerskými krajinami OECD rokovali na tému Cesta k obnove: …

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Ivan Štefanec: Digitálny príspevok umožní udržať vzdelávanie

Europoslanec a vedúci slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivan Štefanec (KDH) podporuje zavedenie digitálneho príspevku, ktorý by všetkým žiakom a študentom umožnil prístup k dištančnému vzdelávaniu cez internet. Príspevok by mohol byť hradený aj z európskeho Fondu obnovy. “V týchto dňoch sa naplno ukazuje, že množstvo slovenských domácností trpí digitálnou chudobou, teda že nie …

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Nagojský protokol má 10 rokov. Bojuje proti zneužívaniu genetických zdrojov

Vo štvrtok, 29. októbra uplynulo desať rokov od prijatia protokolu, ktorý bol prijatý počas medzinárodnej konferencie k Dohovoru o biologickej diverzite v japonskej Nagoji. Nagojský protokol je vo svete dôležitým nástrojom v boji proti nelegálnemu získavaniu a využívaniu genetických zdrojov. Cieľom Nagojského protokolu je spravodlivo prerozdeľovať výhody, ktoré plynú z využívania genetických zdrojov a tradičných …

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Ministerstvo dopravy opraví cez eurofondy zničené cesty po zosuvoch pôdy

Štyri nebezpečné zosuvy na cestách I. triedy sa začnú opravovať už na jar budúceho roku. Ministerstvo dopravy a výstavby SR už má zabezpečené financovanie stavebných prác z eurofondov. Zmluvu o finančnom príspevku na viac ako 18 miliónov eur podpísal minister dopravy Andrej Doležal. „Okrem budovania obchvatov miest je pre nás nesmierne dôležité, že eurofondy dokážeme investovať aj do …

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Naď sa ostro pustil do Kollára. To, čo predviedol včera,bolo nenormálne, povedal minister

Minister obrany Jaroslav Naď vyzval Slovenskú lekársku komoru (SLK), aby vymenila svojho šéfa. Podľa ministra sa viacerí lekári hanbia za to, čo povedal prezident lekárskej komory Marián Kollár na stredajšej tlačovej konferencii. Kollár včera vyzval vládu, aby ešte raz zvážila celoplošné testovanie. Prezident SLK vyjadril obavy, že rozhodnutie o plošnom testovaní nebolo vôbec odborné. Šéf …

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Po útoku nožom vo francúzskom Nice ostali traja mŕtvi. Útočník mal kričať “Allahu akbar”

Vo štvrtok ráno vo francúzskom meste Nice neďaleko kostola došlu k útoku nožom, pri ktorom zomreli traja ľudia a ďalší utrpeli zranenia. Spravodajský portál BBC sa odvoláva na políciu, podľa ktorej útočník jednej žene sťal hlavu. Nemenovaná predstaviteľka polície, ktorú cituje agentúra AP, informovala, že útočníka zatkli a previezli do nemocnice so zraneniami, ktoré utrpel …

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EU-Canada leaders' meeting via video conference
The leaders re-affirmed their determination to continue joint efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in keeping with shared principles and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and based on the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Video conference of the members of the European Council
EU leaders met via video conference on 29 October 2020 and discussed the need to strengthen the collective effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They focused on testing and tracing policies, and on vaccines. Leaders also addressed the terrorist attacks in France and the relations with Turkey.

Coronavirus resurgence: Commission steps up action to reinforce preparedness and response measures across the EU
The European Commission is launching an additional set of actions to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, save lives and strengthen the internal market's resilience.

Customs Union: Commission proposes new ‘Single Window' to modernise and streamline customs controls, facilitate trade and improve cooperation

Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States
The Commission proposed an EU Directive to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living wherever they work.

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2021

Commission disburses €17 billion under SURE to Italy, Spain and Poland
The European Commission has disbursed a total of €17 billion to Italy, Spain and Poland in the first instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

Latest Eurobarometer survey: Economic situation is EU citizens' top concern in light of the coronavirus pandemic
In a troubled period marked by the coronavirus pandemic, trust in the EU remains stable and Europeans trust the EU to make the right decisions in response to the pandemic in the future.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov laureate, EU farm policy, digital services, Brexit
MEPs set out their priorities on digital service rules, artificial intelligence and EU farm policy during the October plenary session.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers reached agreement on a partial general approach on the proposed European climate law and endorsed the objectives of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030, including its nature protection and restoration targets.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries for which restrictions should be lifted

European Commission issues first emission of EU SURE social bonds
The European Commission issued a €17 billion inaugural social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in October 2030 and €7 billion due for repayment in 2040.

Eradicating human trafficking: Persistent risks call for strategic approach

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached three important political agreements for Europe's agriculture and fisheries sectors during the two-day Council in Luxembourg. Ministers agreed a general approach on the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package, adopted conclusions on the farm to fork strategy and decided the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021.

New State of Nature report points to persisting pressures on Europe's nature

Coronavirus: EU interoperability gateway goes live, first contact tracing and warning apps linked to the system
To exploit the full potential of contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections across borders and save lives, the Commission, at the invitation by EU Member States, has set up an EU-wide system to ensure interoperability – a so-called ‘gateway'.

2021 Commission work programme – from strategy to delivery
The Commission adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age.

Main results of the European Council
On 15 and 16 October, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, EU-UK relations, climate change and external relations.

Coronavirus: Commission lists key steps for effective vaccination strategies and vaccines deployment
Ahead of the discussion of EU Leaders, the Commission is presenting the key elements to be taken into consideration by Member States for their COVID-19 vaccination strategies in order to prepare the European Union and its citizens for when a safe and effective vaccine is available, as well as priority groups to consider for vaccination first.

State of the Energy Union: Progress made on the clean energy transition and a basis for green recovery

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Commission adopts EU Methane Strategy as part of European Green Deal

Renovation Wave: doubling the renovation rate to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty
The European Commission has published its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency.

Green Deal: Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment
The European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal.

COVID-19: Council adopts a recommendation to coordinate measures affecting free movement
The Council adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This recommendation aims to avoid fragmentation and disruption, and to increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of employment and social policy

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed EU-UK relations, the annual rule of law dialogue, and the next multiannual financial framework and recovery package. Ministers also prepared for the upcoming European Council and adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Dashboard: EU Cohesion Policy response to the coronavirus crisis
The Commission announced the first provisional results of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+).

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers exchanged views on Belarus, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, and current affairs. The Council also adopted conclusions on Belarus.

Plenary highlights: Commission changes, EU budget and climate law
MEPs voted for changes at the European Commission, more ambitious climate targets, and discussed the rule of law in EU countries during the 5-8 October plenary session in Brussels.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of home affairs

Main results of the video conference of justice ministers
Justice ministers discussed antisemitism and hate speech, the EU strategy to combat sexual abuse of children and digitalisation in the field of access to justice.

Coronavirus: Commission signs a joint procurement contract with Gilead for the supply of Remdesivir

EU climate law: MEPs want to increase 2030 emissions reduction target to 60%
All member states must become climate neutral by 2050, says Parliament in a vote on the EU climate law, calling for ambitious 2030 and 2040 emissions reduction targets.

Commission launches new 10-year plan to support Roma in the EU
The European Commission has today adopted a new 10-year plan, including a proposal for a Council Recommendation, to support Roma in the EU. There are seven key areas of focus: equality, inclusion, participation, education, employment, health, and housing.

European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds
The European Commission announced that it will issue its forthcoming EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds. To that end, the Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Social Bond Framework.

Western Balkans: An Economic and Investment Plan to support the economic recovery and convergence

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers reached a political agreement on the Recovery and Resilience Facility. They also discussed digital finance, the Capital Markets Union and the European Semester.

Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the countries aiming to join the EU
The Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package. The annual reports, assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, are presented together with clearer and more precise recommendations and guidance on the next steps.

Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
At the 22nd EU-Ukraine summit President Michel, President Zelenskyy and High Representative Borrell discussed the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association Agreement and foreign policy issues.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup adopted its work programme until June 2021. Ministers also discussed candidacies for a new ECB executive board member, the 7th enhanced surveillance report on Greece and exchanged views on policy priorities for the eurozone in the context of the recovery.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 1 and 2 October 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, the Single Market, industrial policy, digital and on external relations.

Germany: EIB Group and Commerzbank join forces to support small and mid-sized companies in COVID-crisis

Withdrawal Agreement: European Commission sends letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations
The European Commission has sent the United Kingdom a letter of formal notice for breaching its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement. This marks the beginning of a formal infringement process against the United Kingdom. It has one month to reply to today's letter.

Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age
The Commission adopted two initiatives that will strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU's recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe. Setting out a vision of the European Education Area to be achieved by 2025, the Commission proposes new initiatives, more investment and stronger cooperation of Member States to help all Europeans, of all ages, benefit from the EU's rich education and training offer.

Rule of law: First Annual Report on the Rule of Law situation across the European Union
The European Commission has published the first EU-wide report on the rule of law. Today's report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU. It shows that many Member States have high rule of law standards, but important challenges to the rule of law exist in the EU.

A new European Research Area: Commission sets new plan to support green and digital transition and EU recovery
The European Commission adopted a Communication on a new European Research Area for Research and Innovation. Based on excellence, competitive, open and talent-driven, the new European Research Area will improve Europe's research and innovation landscape, accelerate the EU's transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, support its recovery from the societal and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, and strengthen its resilience against future crises.

EU and Georgia sign Financing Agreements for COVID-19 Recovery worth €129 million

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council adopted general approaches regarding the draft regulation establishing Horizon Europe, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation for the years 2021-2027, and the draft decision establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe.

Customs Union: New Action Plan to further support EU customs in their vital role of protecting EU revenues, prosperity and security
The European Commission has launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years. The announced measures will strengthen the Customs Union as a cornerstone of the Single Market. They also confirm its major role in protecting EU revenues and the security, health and prosperity of EU citizens and businesses.

COVID-19: Council approves €87.4 billion in financial support for member states under SURE

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's new risk assessment shows need to step up coronavirus response in the EU
Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its updated risk assessment regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside a set of guidelines for non-pharmaceutical interventions (such as hand hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and ventilation).

Capital Markets Union: Commission to boost Europe's capital markets
The European Commission has published a new, ambitious Action Plan to boost the European Union's Capital Markets Union (CMU) over the coming years. The EU's top priority today is to ensure that Europe recovers from the unprecedented economic crisis caused by coronavirus. Developing the EU's capital markets, and ensuring access to market financing, will be essential in this task.

Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses
The European Commission has adopted a new Digital Finance Package, including Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies, and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience. It will boost Europe's competitiveness and innovation in the financial sector, paving the way for Europe to become a global standard-setter. It will give consumers more choice and opportunities in financial services and modern payments, while at the same time ensuring consumer protection and financial stability.

Coronavirus response: over €1 billion from EU Cohesion policy to support Spain's recovery

Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos

A fresh start on migration: Building confidence and striking a new balance between responsibility and solidarity
The European Commission is proposing a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, covering all of the different elements needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration. It sets out improved and faster procedures throughout the asylum and migration system. And it sets in balance the principles of fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity.

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management
The European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This can reduce up to 10% of air transport emissions.

Coronavirus: 4 new Member States join the rescEU medical reserve

Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals
Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers' protection against cancer, the Commission has proposed to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

State of the Union: Commission adopts revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines
In line with the European Green Deal and the EU's objective to become the first climate neutral economy by 2050, the Commission adopted revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines in the context of the system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading post-2021 (the “ETS Guidelines”).

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to advance discussions on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and exchange views on trade-related issues in the agricultural sector.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed Libya, EU-African Union relations, Belarus, and current affairs. They also adopted new sanctions on Libya.

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Covid-19, recovery plan
MEPs debated the state of the EU, came up with measures to fight Covid-19 and opened the way for the recovery plan during a busy September plenary.

State of the Union: A new Action Plan to turn the tide in the fight against racism
In her State of the Union Address 2020, President von der Leyen announced a new EU anti-racism Action Plan that sets out a series of measures for the next 5 years. Among others, the Commission will ensure that Member States fully implement relevant EU law and further strengthen the legal framework, if needed.

Coronavirus: the Commission signs second contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine

State of the Union: Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing
The Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe's digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday.

State of the Union: Commission raises climate ambition and proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030
The European Commission presented its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy
The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.

State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary
In her State of the Union address on 16 September 2020, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented her vision for a Europe that emerges stronger from the pandemic and leads the way towards a new vitality.

Vote on Own Resources: MEPs clear way for COVID-19 recovery plan
MEPs have fast-tracked and voted already during the September plenary session on their legislative opinion on the Own Resources Decision (ORD). This removes an important barrier and speeds up the procedure to implement the key EU law to restart the economy, allowing the Commission to raise €750 billion on the markets for the recovery fund.

Greater EU Civil Protection capacity needed in light of lessons from COVID-19
Parliament calls for the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism to be enhanced so that the EU can better respond to large-scale emergencies such as COVID-19.

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

About the State of the Union address - charting the course for the year ahead
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will deliver her address on 16 September 2020 (09:00 CEST). The speech will be followed by a plenary debate with Members of the European Parliament.

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps
To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU.

Main results of the EU-China leaders' meeting
The meeting was a follow-up to the 22nd EU-China summit that took place on 22 June and was chaired by President Michel on the EU side and President Xi on the Chinese side.

Addressing COVID-19: Council approves €6.2 billion budget increase for 2020

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup meeting was hosted by the German presidency of the Council in Berlin. It was the first in-person meeting of the Eurogroup since February 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions were introduced. This was also the first meeting chaired by the Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe, who took up the function on 13 July 2020.

Urban waste water: improvement in collection and treatment across the EU helps reducing pollution in the environment

Disinformation: EU assesses the Code of Practice and publishes platform reports on coronavirus related disinformation
The assessment shows that the Code has proven a very valuable instrument, the first one of its kind worldwide, and has provided a framework for a structured dialogue between relevant stakeholders to ensure greater transparency of platforms' policies against disinformation within the EU. At the same time, the assessment highlights certain shortcomings mainly due to the Code's self-regulatory nature.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €140 billion in VAT revenues in 2018, with a potential increase in 2020 due to coronavirus
EU countries lost an estimated €140 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2018, according to a new report released by the European Commission.

Commission unveils its first Strategic Foresight Report: charting the course towards a more resilient Europe
The European Commission adopted its first-ever Strategic Foresight Report, aiming to identify emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union's strategic choices. Strategic foresight will inform major policy initiatives.

Coronavirus: Commission completes vaccines portfolio following talks with a sixth manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with BioNTech-Pfizer to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. BioNTech-Pfizer is the sixth company with which the Commission has concluded talks, following Sanofi-GSK on 31 July, Johnson & Johnson on 13 August, CureVac on 18 August and Moderna on 24 August. The first contract, signed with AstraZeneca, entered into force on 27 August.

Commission adopts proposal to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being, especially for the most vulnerable
Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Integrating migrants and refugees into the labour market: Commission and social and economic partners relaunch cooperation
The Commission, trade unions, chambers of commerce and employers' organisations are renewing their cooperation to enhance the integration of migrants and refugees into the labour market.

European Green Deal: Commission prepares new initiatives to boost the organic farming sector
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its future Action Plan on Organic Farming. This sector will play an important role in achieving the European Green Deal ambition, and reaching the objectives set out in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes more clarity and predictability of any measures restricting free movement in the European Union
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement due to the coronavirus pandemic are coordinated and clearly communicated at the EU level.

Commission announces actions to make Europe's raw materials supply more secure and sustainable
The Commission presents an Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials and a foresight study on critical raw materials for strategic technologies and sectors from the 2030 and 2050 perspectives.

Coronavirus Global Response: Commission joins the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)
The European Commission has confirmed its interest to participate in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines everywhere, for everyone who needs them.

Car industry: New rules on cleaner and safer cars start to apply across Europe
Tomorrow, the EU Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles will start to apply. Adopted in May 2018, the new Regulation significantly overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system.

Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021: improving long-term sustainability of stocks
The Commission today adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 for the Baltic Sea. The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Riga and main basin salmon, whilst maintaining the current levels for herring in the Gulf of Bothnia, sprat and plaice. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the remaining stocks covered by the proposal.

Coronavirus Global Response: European Union organises a humanitarian air bridge to Côte d'Ivoire

Coronavirus: the Commission signs first contract with AstraZeneca
Today, the first contract the European Commission has negotiated on behalf of the EU Member States with a pharmaceutical company entered into force following the formal signature between AstraZeneca and the Commission. The contract will allow the purchase of a vaccine against COVID-19 for all the Member States of the EU as well as the donation to lower and middle income countries or the re-direction to other European countries.

Rules of origin: EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to provide €81.4 billion in financial support for 15 Member States under SURE
The European Commission has presented proposals to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. SURE is a crucial element of the EU's comprehensive strategy to protect citizens and mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with Moderna to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. Moderna is the fifth company with which the Commission has concluded talks.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Right to Cure' initiative
Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Right to Cure'. The organisers of the ECI call on the Union “to put public health before private profit [and] make anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments a global public good, freely accessible to everyone”.

Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portfolio with new talks
The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. This is following the positive steps with Sanofi-GSK on 31 July and Johnson & Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with AstraZeneca on 14 August.